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Essentials South Africa

Essentials South Africa SEPTEMBER 2019

Essentials magazine is a ‘practicals’ lifestyle monthly packed with savvy solutions and stylish twists. Expect loads of tips and advice on fashion, beauty, health, food, consumer issues, decor and real-life reads. It targets real South African women, putting them at the forefront of the content - and on the cover - every month.

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South Africa
Langue:
English
Éditeur:
Caxton Magazines
Fréquence:
Back issues only
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1 min.
welcome to essentials

Hello! Welcome to spring... at last! It truly is a magical time of the year where fresh starts are embraced and anything feels possible. Your mood has probably been boosted by the warm weather and cheeriness of the new season and, of course, you likely felt a particular surge of joy the moment you picked up this copy of Essentials, but if that wasn’t quite enough to lift your spirits, then the contents of this issue certainly will. Over the next 112 pages, we’ve crammed everything you might need to make this month your happiest and healthiest yet. We’ve spoken to all the experts and together we show you why laughter is the best medicine (p12), as well as how to eat to beat stress (p44) or shift unwanted kilos (p56)…

1 min.
we’ve been...

STYLING FOREVER TRENDS A chic designer-inspired wardrobe you can afford? Fashion editor Xolani Gumede shows you how achievable it is (p32)! LAUGHING MORE IT REALLY IS THE BEST MEDICINE The experts say it’s good for our health (p12), so book tickets for a comedy show, or schedule a fun girls’ night out – whatever gets you giggling! INSPIRED BY OUR COVER STAR FIONA BARFORD The local fitness expert lets us in on her secret on how to lead a healthier, more balanced life (p6). EATING GREEN FOODS FOR THE FUTURE Knorr and WWF listed 50 plant-based foods that can help reduce the impact our plates have on the planet – and we’ve been trying them out.…

1 min.
hot right now...

BAKING LOVE THE RAINBOW AND UNICORN TREND? Make it a theme at your next party, and serve up these delicious technicolour sweet treats (p72). WORKING OUT GET KILLER CURVES Want an hourglass figure? Whip your body into shape with our booty-boosting fitness challenge. Get started on p46. SHOPPING NEW SEASON, NEW LOOK Say goodbye to winter, and hello to spring with a few new floral updates, whether it’s fashion, decor or beauty (find more to spoil yourself on p4). FINDING CALM BRING THE OUTDOORS IN Add fresh (or faux!) greenery to your living spaces, which will provide a sense of tranquility in your home (p84).…

4 min.
‘listening to my body changed my life’

Fiona Barford, 33, grew up in Joburg with her mother, brother and sister. Her love of dancing started at the tender age of three, when she had her first ballet class, and she continued to perform and compete throughout her childhood years. After high school, Fiona moved to Cape Town to study ballet at the Waterfront Theatre School. When Fiona graduated, she moved back to Joburg and, in 2016, opened Breathe Barre, a yoga, barre and Pilates studio, in Illovo, where she currently lives. ‘You can’t let the past impact your future in a negative way’ My siblings and I had a bit of a tough childhood, as we lost our father when I was just eight years old. My mom, who was a housewife at the time, had to step in…

3 min.
is being an only child really that bad?

Natalie Kerr, 34, is a mother of two. Watching my sons Harley, four, and Grayson, two, happily sharing their building blocks, I feel so lucky. Yes, I know that there will be times that aren’t so harmonious. Friends tell me that there will be arguments about everything – from what to watch on TV, to who gets to sit where at dinner – oh, and rough-housing will be a regular occurrence. I’m told this behaviour is normal, but I wouldn’t know. As an only child, I grew up never having to fight to be heard; I never had to compete. And I loved it. I was confident and self-assured, and everyone always remarked how mature and independent I was. Yes, I’d be the first to make friends at birthday parties, and…

5 min.
can divorce affect kids?

‘I don’t trust people easily, especially men’ Xolani Gumede, 31, is the fashion editor for Essentials and lives in Naturena, Joburg. When I was a child, my dad was super analytical and unemotional, while my mom was the complete opposite; always very affectionate. The two met while my mom was in high school and the beginning of their marriage was blissful. But as time went by, their relationship got progressively bad. The last three years of their marriage were the worst, which was around the time when my dad started seeing someone else. She was 22 at the time, just six years older than I was at 16. Soon after my mom found out, my parents got divorced and our family dynamic changed from a two-parent household to my mom becoming a provider. Because I…